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The Deadly Worst Case Scenario for America's Xanax Obsession
14 Feb 2019
Cracking down on the legal supply is not a solution. In fact, it could spell disaster.
Africa is heroin’s new highway to the West
11 Feb 2019
The trade is poisoning politics and fuelling addiction on the continent
11 Feb 2019
How the failed 'war on drugs' harms vulnerable communities
Fentanyl Overdoses Spike on Mexico’s Northern Border But Remain Invisible
7 Feb 2019
Until recently, people in Tijuana and other Mexican border cities who use heroin almost exclusively consumed the black tar form of the drug, originating from poppy-growing states such as Guerrero and Chihuahua. In 2018, local drug gangs seem to have switched en masse to trafficking “white” or “China white,” a synthetic powder that often contains the powerful painkiller fentanyl.
Harm Reduction in the Land of 10,000 Rehabs
3 Feb 2019
“Harm reduction is the only thing stopping overdose deaths.”
Mexico's murder rate broke new record in 2018 as drug war drags on
2 Feb 2019
Figures show 28,816 homicides, a 15% increase over the previous year, attributed to drug war and other illegal markets
‘Colombia of Europe’: How tiny Albania became the continent’s drug trafficking headquarters
1 Feb 2019
'Albania is no longer a hub of cultivation. It’s become a centre of investment, distribution, and recruitment'
Rodrigo Duterte seeks to cut age of criminal responsibility to 12 as part of drug war
1 Feb 2019
Philippines president originally wanted children as young as nine to be culpable as part of brutal war on drugs
The ‘war on drugs’ is ineffective and violates human rights, say researchers and NGOs
21 Jan 2019
A 130 per cent increase in poppy growing, more than 72,000 deaths by overdose during 2017 in the United States alone (the highest level on record), nearly 4,000 prisoners with death sentences executed worldwide since 2009 for drug-related crimes: these are some of the alarming figures quoted in the International Drug Policy Consortium’s (IDPC) report published last October
Opioid addiction is a public health crisis—the way we're talking about it isn't helping.
20 Jan 2019
The misuse of and addiction to opioids is a public health crisis in the United States. Part of solving that crisis, say two Northeastern researchers, is changing how we talk about addiction.
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